I went into Parliament House this morning, just as a primary school group was coming out. Before I could get away, I found myself surrounded by excited ten-year-old girls, all competing with each other about who had had the most extraordinary visit.
"I saw Tony Abbott", one boasted, (or complained, depending upon your viewpoint).
"I saw Kevin Rudd", another countered.
"I saw Julia Gillard", a third shrieked, in an effort to top the other claimants.
"No, you didn't", they responded, "you couldn't have - she's not allowed to come here now."
"Isn't she?" stammered the third one, "I thought she was Prime Minister of Australia."
"Not any more", the one who claimed to have seen Tony Abbott told her. "She had such a horrible voice that no-one could stand it, so they told her she couldn't come back again."
"Yes", piped up the Kevin Rudd spotter, "she had to leave because everyone really, really hated her voice. It just really annoyed them."
So could it be that her downfall wasn't all about misogynism or Kevin Rudd's grim determination to make a comeback? Maybe all Julia Gillard needed was to find a latter day Lionel Logue.
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